I’m a Chubby Ninja

After the somewhat downer tone of yesterday’s post, I’ll bring you something delightful.

There’s this wonderful website, Sleep Talkin’ Man, which is run by a woman whose husband talks in his sleep. Eventually, she got the idea to record his quotes (using a voice activated audio recorder) and post them daily on the web. Something that began as a blog for family and friends has now turned into a blog that delights hundreds.

One of yesterday’s quotes made me laugh out loud in glee. You can hear it Here. For those of you who can’t listen to the audio, here’s the transcription:

I’m just a chubby ninja. Able to move between skinny people. Tiptoeing elephant. No one can see me. And then I attack! With ice cream and jelly, with chocolate sprinkles on top. Mmmmm.

The idea of being a chubby ninja is so delightful to me, that I am going to make it my mission to use it in my everyday life. Bump into someone: “I’m a chubby ninja! Hiyah!” Clean my plate at dinner: “The chubby ninja strikes again!” Well, those are terrible examples. But there’s something appealing about being stealthy, graceful, and mysterious like a ninja. I think someone should write a series about the chubby ninja fighting crime. S(he) stops hate in its tracks and turns it all to double rainbows and ice cream sundaes with sprinkles.

Needless to say, this is one of the small things that brings me joy everyday. Thanks, Sleep Talkin’ Man!

Amber Riley (from Glee) is my Homegirl!

Amber Riley as Mercedes on GleeFor those of you who aren’t watching the new show, Glee, pick up your remote this Wednesday and give it a go. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this show, and I’m not exactly sure why. It’s a little corny, a little stereotypical teenage drama, but there’s something so glorious about it that I can’t get over: the characters.

Though in many ways the characters fall into the same old categories of high school drama, there are also things about them that I love to pieces. Amber Riley, who plays the diva-fabulous Mercedes is one of my favorite characters to date! I was watching the season premiere a few weeks ago, and the first thing I said to myself was, “wouldn’t it be great if they gave the big girl a love interest?” I’m used to seeing stupid TV where the big girls are always the best friend-like characters and are never viewed romantically. But, lo and behold, the very next episode Mercedes gets a love interest (although, ill-fated-ly, she falls for her gay best friend). To me, this was a refreshing change to see on TV: she was treated positively and encouraged that she could get a great guy. Not to mention the fact that she had a badass solo in the middle of the episode.**

So, Amber Riley, is not only an extremely talented singer, dancer and actress,  but she also totally deserves to be named my homegirl! I’ll be watching out for her in the future. She’s going to keep kicking ass for a long time, I know for sure.

**In this video, which talks about the character motivation behind the kickass solo mentioned above, Amber says that dancing is about being comfortable in your body, and that she must be a dancer after all. I just loved that.

Non-Fat Friday: 30 Rock

30 Rock

30 Rock

So recently I started watching 30 Rock on my Netflix. Excepting a few episodes in Season 2, I’ve found it to be a pretty good show. I really love Tina Fey’s character, especially because it is literally her thing that she loves food. It cracks me up. And her love of food is almost always portrayed positively. She just loves food! She’s not fat because she loves food. She’s not ugly because she loves food. She just loves food!

I really enjoy Alec Baldwin’s character, too (though, wouldn’t it be fun if he’d been played by Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Dr. Horrible? For some reason, he’s who I thought of when I first heard Jack speak on 30 Rock). Mostly, I enjoy his political barbs, and the fact that he once “dated” Condoleeza Rice. HAH!

Add in the rest of the cast, and I find the show genuinely funny. I think I might be obsessed. I actually had a 30 Rock dream the other night. It was entirely too absurd. But I really do relate to Tina Fey’s character, and I enjoy her sass. There’s something about her that just makes her super-relatable. I’m excited to see where this show goes.

Do any of you watch 30 Rock? What do you think?

Haircuts and Happiness!

I got my haircut this weekend! And I love it. Absolutely love it. There’s something about getting a Haircut that rejuvenates me. Here’s the before and after:

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

What do you all think?

I think this is probably my favorite thing to do, cut my hair. I love trying new styles, being able to do new things with it, and overall, I love feeling like I have a new look. It’s something drastic that makes me feel like a new person.

There’s something about making a drastic change to one’s appearance that really gets me going. I absolutely love doing it. It’s addicting. Like, when I got my new bras (cited as my “Re-boob-olution”), and suddenly had this burst of self confidence. For me, it’s the same thing wtih hair. I like to change my hair in response to particular pressures and stages in my life. When I graduated from high school, I’d been growing out my hair for an age and a half (in response, I think, to a terribly short haircut as a child that scarred me for life). It was about down to my waist. It was frizzy, curly, and unmanageable. I wore it up in a ponytail every day.

Then, school ended. At my high school we have two weeks between when school ends and when we graduate (seniors get out two weeks early, that is). So, what’d I go off and do? In those two weeks, I cut off ALL my hair. We cut off about 11 inches, which I then donated to locks of love. My hair still brushed my shoulders, but GOSH, it was incredible. It was like a clean slate. I was able to wear my hair down for the first time in my life. I was able to just really have fun with it. Since then, I’ve been addicted to the drastic change of hair.

My sophomore year of college, I made a drastic change by getting bangs. Again, I was at the same point in my life where I needed a change. This one was more of a “gosh, am I sick of the way I look” cut, but it had the same effect. I played, I had fun with my image, and I absolutely loved my bangs.

And that brings us to this haircut. Why, after months of growing my hair long, did I cut it this time? I think I’ve talked once or twice about how I’m moving forward in my life, and making decisions about my future. Being a senior, I feel like the future is coming at my like a runaway horse, and I’m about to get trampled by it. So, to challenge that fear positively, I got a haircut. A haircut that I would consider almost “young-professionalish.” I’m really happy with the result. I think this haircut is easy to manage, easy to straighten, makes me look good, and makes me look much more like an adult than a kid. Overall, I’m really glad I did this. I feel good again, and I’m looking forward to my future with a fresh start!

Anyone else have some incredible haircut stories?

Golden Spirit Pig!

I know I haven’t updated in like, a year, but let me explain…

First, I moved into school. Then I went on a trip to Beaver Island with my cousin, sister, and aunt. THEN, I started Senior RA training. Now we’re in the midst of regular RA Training, so I won’t have much time, and will be working with my staff 24/7.

Now let me tell you about something wonderful…

The Area Coordinators at my college were determined to have an RA spirit competition between the staffs. So, they bought a golden piggy bank, named him Edgar the Golden Spirit Pig, and told us that we had to treat him like a real pet, and we’d get points for stealing him from other staffs.

My staff has been kinda low-key about it. We’ve tried feebly to get Edgar from the other staff, and have called “Oink” on other staffs (when they are either sofocating Edgar, or mistreating him in some way), but we haven’t gotten ahold of him for ourselves.

That is, until this morning! I’ve been very respectful towards Edgar, mostly because I’m afraid of him breaking (he’s ceramic), and I went over to one of the ACs to put a memory inside of him, and about a minute later they brought him over to me and gave him to me. They said it was because we haven’t had him yet, but I think it’s because we’ve been treating him right.

Anyway, I’ve been fending off attacks since. Right now I’m locked in my room on lunch break, and me and my fellow RA, Jennifer, have put a ribbon around his neck to dress him up a bit, and taken pictures with him. We’re all about the love here, with Edgar.

So, I felt the need to gleefully post that Edgar, the Golden Spirit Pig, is currently in my possesion, and I am happy as pie.
I think the Golden Pig is going to become a symbol of joy for me!

Oh, and here I am with him:

Edgar and I

Edgar and I

Margaret Cho is my Homegirl

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

I love Margaret Cho. Her humor, her positivity, her activism, her voice, and her beauty all continuously awe me. She is a proponent of loving yourself, and has such a positivity. She speaks candidly about everything from sex, to body image, to identity, to race. And I find her incredibly inspiring. She’s sexy, funny, and a real role model.

You can imagine, then, how gleeful I was when I found the link to this video at Feministing. I’m about to die with excitement. I did not know she was getting her own show, nor did I expect to to be as great. And I am more excited than anything to see it.

I know some people may not love her as much as I do, but I seriously love her. Feel free to disagree, but Margaret Cho is my homegirl!

Dr. Horrible

I know I haven’t posted in an age, and there’s no excuse. But, I want to post this to share the joy it brings! Jamie alerted me to it’s presence, and all fans of Joss Whedon should watch it, and anyone looking for something fun to do had better see it NOW!

It’s only up online until Sunday, so the sooner you go, the better!

GO HERE!

Non-Fat Post: Harry Potter Edition

I don’t think I’ve yet outed myself on my blog as a enormous Harry Potter fan, but “Hello, my name is Chrissy, and I’m a Potterhead.” I am one of those kids who made HP what it is today–part of the originals, mind you. I was 10 when I read the first book, and I grew up with Harry and the gang. My love of HP and Ronnie the Bear (don’t understand the reference? See this.) has only slightly dwindled since the release of the Seventh Book. I am no longer regularly reading Harry Potter fanfiction ( I was an avid SS/HG Shipper, if anyone cares…oh the sadness!). I am no longer rereading HP 1-6. I am no longer craking HP-related jokes a puns all the time. But I love a good dose of HP when I can get it.

In honor of officially finishing my exams for this quarter (and thus, my junior year of undergrad), I am going to bask in the squee of Harry Potter for a post. Please indulge in the non-fat with me. I’m excited about the fluff.

This week, I had a couple of Harry Potter jump-up-and-down-fangirl moments. First of all, Jo Rowling spoke at Harvard’s Commencement. Which made me vehemently wish that I had ‘to Harvard. And started a year earlier. As turns out, I’m not at Harvard, and so instead we relegated to read the speech after the fact online. I am a super-fan of JKR, and her words hit home for me. This was right after I had posted My Biggest Fear, and JKR’s themes went right along with it: the benefits of failure, and the importance of the imagination. She made me squee. I don’t want to get into all the gobbly-gook of the speech, since you should really just read it all, but it was fantastic. I can only hope the speaker at my commencement will be as delightful.

My second squee moment was the other day when JKR auctioned off a “prequel” of Potter for charity. She wrote briefly about the studsy James Potter and Sirius Black. Oh joy! It was so short, but felt like Harry Potter, and I was happy for the short time it took to read it! I miss my Harry Potter fixes! I didn’t bring any of the books with me to school this quarter…

Anyway, I just wanted to post some fluff for fun, and bask in the joy of Harry Potter, the love of my life. Do any of you read HP? How has it affected you?

Quick Hits: Weight and Weddings

I was on the way over here to post when I stopped by the F-Word and read Rachel’s post on postponing weddings due to desired weight loss. What do you all think?

I really came to post a bit of fluff, which I found on YouTube today. I wanted to distract myself, and decided to YouTube. After watching the “Target Women” on Yogurt that made its rounds a few weeks ago, I searched to see if there were more: THIS is what I found! Enjoy!

The Belly Dancing Documentary is done! And my poetry collection is almost done, too! Huzzah! Expect posting after Thursday (still have to write a paper for then!).

Belly Dancing

Sorry that I’ve dropped off the face of the planet yet again. This weekend brought with it a Student Leadership Retreat on my campus, the celebration of one of my best friends’ birthdays, and a series of long conversations with various people. So now, I’ll just throw some stuff out there:

1. Thanks to everyone who watched my video! I’m glad I put it up! It’s been good to get so much feedback on it!

2. BFD Blog has a great post on the People Magazine’s Top 100 Beautiful People article, go check it out here.

3. I’m going to do my last documentary project for class about BELLY DANCING! Wooo! Hopefully there will be some body image stuff to talk about there! I’m super excited!

4. If you’re in need of a little bit of relaxation, check out this video from Planet Earth. It’s uplifting in it’s beauty.

5. Let me know in a comment what you’re reading/what’s new with you all! I haven’t had much time to browse lately, so…